Drawing on three decades of experience in the energy industry, Rob helps clients develop stronger clean energy strategies with an innovative, systems-based approach. His vision goes beyond technical fixes and instead applies a big-picture understanding to help utilities solve challenging energy efficiency problems. An economist by training, Rob founded EMI Consulting almost 25 years ago as a way to combine his interest in energy markets with his desire to make a difference. As CEO, he upholds the vision of EMI, mapping growth while also actively mentoring staff.
client engagements since founding EMI Consulting
How did you get into the clean energy field?
After college in the 1980s, I joined a three-person energy startup. We installed New England’s first ever utility-scale wind farm. This experience crystallized my love for entrepreneurship and my desire to transform our energy future.
What are the ideas that drive you?
Energy is the cornerstone of our lives and our environment. It’s exciting to watch the industry change. There’s no end to technological innovation. Renewable generation is more widespread, and we’re working toward reducing carbon emissions through electrification. Utilities are figuring out how to evolve to stay relevant. I’m happy to be a part of this process.
How do you spend your time when you’re not working?
Listening to live music in small venues. Browsing farmer's markets. Sailing with his wife Susan in the South Pacific, most recently in French Polynesia and the Cook Islands, aboard their ketch S/V Athanor.